'I'm not the marrying type': Serena Williams is far from the blushing bride
It’s a busy time for Serena Williams who is expecting her first child and is due to marry Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.
However, the tennis champion has revealed that it’s not the life she saw herself having.
Speaking at the Ted 2017 conference last week, Serena revealed that marriage was never something she saw on the cards.
“I never felt pressure to get married, and I can’t say I’m the marrying type,” she told Gayle King.
“I love my life. I love my freedom. I hear that kind of changes. I love my career, and I didn’t want anything to interfere with that.”
Serena went on to admit that her reaction her fiance’s proposal was far from what many would expect.
“When Alexis proposed, I was almost angry.
“No, not almost – I was angry, because it was right in the middle of my training season and I thought, ‘I have to win the Australian Open.’
“I really wanted to pass Steffi Graf’s record.”
However, despite the proposal, Serena went on to win her 23rd Grand Slam title, surpassing Graf’s record – all the while pregnant with the couple's first child.
When news broke of Serena’s pregnancy, social media erupted with praise for the athlete who found out she was pregnant just two weeks before winning that historic title.
“I was so nervous,” she added. “ I wasn’t sure what to do. Can I play? I know it’s very dangerous in the first 12 weeks or so, so I had a lot of questions.”
With her exciting news under wraps, Serena says she was feeling massive pressure to perform.
“I really felt like I didn’t have time to deal with any extra emotions – any extra anything.
“Pregnant or not, no one knew. Every tournament where I show up, I’m expected to win. If I don’t win, it’s actually bigger news.”
My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you.... once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. ? from the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy
The 35-year-old previously posted a letter to her unborn baby, telling he or she that she hopes to see them in the players’ box when she returns to the court.
“I definitely plan on coming back – I’m not done yet. My story is not over.”